IT was a double for Whitburn Windmill as the first pictures arrived for our wildflower meadow photographic competition.
Tommy Copp, of Souter View, Whitburn, and Kevin Fail of Maple Drive, Whitburn, were both drawn to the structure – and its new surroundings.
The village’s Cornthwaite Park also grabbed the interest of our youngest entrant so far – eight-year-old Bethan Gallon, of Kimberley, Washington.
The new meadows are adding a splash of colour to South Tyneside – and now we’re offering you the chance to create your own.
We are looking for talented amateur photographers of all ages to capture the sites in all their glory to be in with a chance of winning a unique prize.
Seventeen sites have been planted with a range of wildflowers by South Tyneside Council, and we’ve teamed up with the local authority and local photographer John Short to organise a special competition, inviting residents and visitors to capture their favourites among the borough’s newly-blooming beauty spots.
There are three age groups – five to 11; 12 to 18; and adults – and all the winners will get the chance to work with the council’s Green Space Team to create a wildflower meadow in a place of their choice.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “We have had fantastic feedback over the wildflower meadows. They have brought a splash of colour to the borough and created a whole new set of beauty spots.
“We are keen to find out more about which sites people are enjoying the most, so that we can plan for future years, as well as considering any changes.”
Mr Short has brought the wildflower meadows to a wider audience through a series of stunning photographs on the Facebook page “See Tyne and Wear Differently”.
So far more than 10,000 people have viewed his images, with the album chalking up over 500 ‘likes’ in the same short time.
Mr Short, who recently retired after more than 40 years as marketing director for South Shields company Harlow Printing, said: “I’m passionate about the environment and South Tyneside, so when I saw the beautiful flower meadows I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for a job well done.
“I think it’s important to celebrate the good news stories and raise the borough’s profile.”
l There are two competition categories – ‘People and the meadow’ or ‘Wildlife in the meadow’.
To enter, please just send a maximum of one digital photo per category to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30.
All pictures must be accompanied by the contact details and age of the person who took the picture and a contact telephone number.
Please note that conditions apply, including size of plot and the need for the landowner’s permission.
Photos may be used in the Shields Gazette or website and in council publications or website to promote the borough.